2019-2020 Curriculum

In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness

2019-2020 Program Materials and Products Brochure Cover

The U.S. Academic Decathlon® is excited to announce that the overall curricular theme for 2019–2020 will be In Sickness and in Health: An Exploration of Illness and Wellness. Following is some general information on the topics in each of the subject areas.

  • SCIENCE: The science topic will be an introduction to the biology of cancer.
  • LITERATURE: The literature curriculum will include critical reading, one long work of literature, and selected shorter works. The long work of literature will be the 1818 version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
  • ART: The art curriculum will include a section on art fundamentals and will largely focus on an exploration of illness and wellness in art.
  • MUSIC: The music curriculum will introduce students to various musical works from across the centuries that will allow them to examine the role of mortality in Western art music.
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE: The social science curriculum will introduce students to the history of healthcare.
  • ECONOMICS: The economics curriculum will cover fundamental economic concepts, microeconomics, and macroeconomics and will also include a thematic section on health economics.
  • MATHEMATICS: The mathematics curriculum will cover algebra and trigonometry.*

The full subject area outlines will be posted on the U.S. Academic Decathlon website on May 1 and will also be published in the U.S. Academic Decathlon Study Guide, which will begin shipping on May 15.

* The 2019–20 mathematics curriculum and materials will be the same as were used for the 2016–17 U.S. Academic Decathlon.

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